Set up a backup payment method in Google Ads

If you use automatic payments, you'll need to have one payment method that's designated as a primary. You can also add a backup credit card to your account, to serve as a safety net. If your primary payment method doesn't work for some reason, we'll charge your costs to your backup credit card. This ensures that your ads keep running.
Note: The instructions below are part of the new design for the Google Ads user experience. To use the previous design, click the "Appearance" icon, and select Use previous design. If you're using the previous version of Google Ads, review the Quick reference map or use the Search bar in the top navigation panel of Google Ads to find the page you’re searching for.

Follow these steps to set up a backup payment method.

  1. In your Google Ads account, click the Billing icon Billing Icon.
  2. Click Payment methods.
  3. Find your payment method, and click the Set as Primary or Set as Back up link.
Note: You can designate a credit card or (in most countries) a debit card as a backup, but not a bank account. While you can have multiple forms of payment on file, there can only be one backup form of payment at a time.

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